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Chumash Painted Cave State Historic Park

Basics
Location:
Near Santa Barbara in southwest California
Type:
Historical Site

Description

This sandstone cave houses religious drawings by Chumash Native Americans, as well as likenesses of coastal fishermen that date back to the 1600s. Located above Santa Barbara in a steep canyon, the site preserves these fine examples of Native American art on the side walls of the rock shelter.

Hours + Fees

Season:
Dawn till dusk

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
The site is three miles south of the San Marcos Pass: Take Highway 154 out of Santa Barbara and turn right on Painted Caves Road. The cave is located on the left, about two miles up a steep, narrow road. The pullout at the site will only accommodate one or two vehicles. Trailers and RVs should not attempt the road.
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